It's summer in South Texas y'all! School's out, the kids are home, and many of you are leaving San Antonio in the rearview as you head out to enjoy those family vacations. But just because you're on summer break doesn't mean you should take a break from your workouts.
I know, I know--it's hard when you're miles away from your favorite fitness studio or trainer. That's why I've designed this 20 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. Perfect for when you're traveling (or just at home with the kids) it can be done anywhere from your living room to your hotel room--or even poolside! The best part? There's no equipment needed--instead you will rely on your own body weight to get the job done.
This workout incorporates movements that will be performed in 4 minute rounds called Tabata. Tabata is a calorie burning, HIIT based circuit that challenges you to perform each exercise for 20 seconds, with a 10 second recovery period in between intervals. During those 20 seconds you will push yourself to complete as many repetitions as possible.
The first round of Tabata consists of four different exercises. You will perform two, 20 second intervals per exercise for a total of eight sets per round.
Once you have completed the first round, take a 60 second second break and begin the second round of Tabata. Follow the same format of two, 20 second intervals per exercise with a 10 second recovery after each set.
As you progress and become stronger you can shorten the rest period between Tabata rounds from 60 seconds to 30, or even 20 if you're feeling strong. And don't be afraid to add additional sets if you have more time or want more of a challenge.
If you have any questions on this or any other HIIT workouts, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to help. I've also updated the SCULPT section of my website to include videos that show each of the Tabata exercises.
Have great workout!